Dhaka, Oct 29 (UNB)–The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way to deliver verdict in Zia Charitable Trust graft case in absence of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
A seven-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order rejecting a leave-to-appeal petition filed by Khaleda Zia seeking cancellation of the High Court order clearing the way for continuation of the trial proceedings in the case in her absence.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said now there is no bar to delivering verdict in the case.
Earlier on Sunday, the SC fixed today to pass order on the petition.
A Special Judge Court installed inside the old central jail is scheduled to deliver its verdict in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case today (Monday).
On October 14, the High Court bench of Justice Obaidul Hasan and Justice SM Kuddus Zaman cleared the way to continuation of the trial proceedings of the graft case against Khaleda in her absence as they rejected a writ petition filed by the BNP chief.
On October 18, a leave-to-appeal petition was filed with the Appellate Division against the High Court order.
On September 20, Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of the Special Judge Court-5 of Dhaka decided to continue the trial proceedings in absence of the main accused.
On September 27, the BNP chairperson filed the writ petition with the High Court challenging a lower court decision.
Meanwhile, the special court on October 16 fixed October 29 for delivering the verdict in the corruption case.
Khaleda Zia, who has been in jail since her conviction in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on February 8, refused to appear before the court during the trial of the Zia Charitable Trust graft case on ‘ security grounds’.
Later, the government shifted the court to the jail premises to ensure her safety. Yet, she did not appear before the court.
The state counsel appealed to the court to continue the trial proceedings of the case in absence of Khaleda Zia. The court accepted their plea.
The case was filed by the Anti-corruption Commission with Tejgaon Police Station in August, 2011, accusing Khaleda and three others of abusing power to raise funds for the trust from unknown sources.
Dhaka, Oct 28 (UNB) - Law Minister Anisul Haque on Sunday said, “We do not violate the constitution and if we do so, then we will be ready to stand in the dock to face the punishment.”
Replying to questions from media activists, the minister made this remark while addressing an orientation programme at the Judicial Administration Training Institute in the capital.
Referring to the warnings of Jatiya Oikyafront chief Dr Kamal Hossain, minister said, “I can reply strictly to this speech but would not do so as I don’t misbehave with elders. But I am saying obligingly that we do not break the rules of constitution.”
Earlier on Saturday, Jatiya Oikyafront chief Dr Kamal Hossain warned the government that it will face trial in the future if it does not accept their seven-point demand for holding the next election in a fair and credible manner.
“People gave their verdict in favour of the seven-point demand by raising their hands today. A mass verdict was also given in Sylhet in this regard. We would like to tell the government to accept the demands before time runs out. Or else, you’ll have to face trial,” he said.
He accused the government of regularly violating the constitution and warned that it has to be accountable to people for it one day.
“The constitution is being violated every day... it was told in 2014 that the election was held for a temporary period to face crisis and another election would be held later…five years have gone without any election. This is a serious offence as per the constitution. We must hold them accountable for it,” Oikyafront chief said.
Khandakar Musa Khalek, managing director of Judicial Administration Training Institute presided over the training programme while law secretary Abu Saleha Sheikh Md Jahirul Haque spoke on the occasion. A total of 45 aspirants for district judges’ post participated in the programme.
Dhaka, Oct 28 (UNB) - A bill titled 'The Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution Act, 2018' was passed in Parliament on Sunday, incorporating the provisions of harsher punishment in the existing law.
Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu moved the Bill and it was passed by voice vote.
The proposed law has been formulated making the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution Ordinance 1985 more time-befitting one.
According to the draft law, the use of trademark without having a licence will be considered as an offence.
For committing such offences, the offender will have to suffer maximum two years in jail or pay a fine of Tk 1 lakh to Tk 25,000 or both.
There is a provision of four years' imprisonment or maximum Tk 2 lakh and minimum Tk 50,000 fine or both for exporting products violating government circular on export, distribution and marketing, and for commercial advertisement of banned products.
Besides, a provision of one year's imprisonment or maximum Tk 50,000 and minimum Tk 10,000 as fine for exporting any product violating export conditions is also there.
The proposed law has a provision of one year's imprisonment or Tk 25,000 fine or both for violating any of the rules and regulations formulated under the proposed law as well as for the offences not covered by the mentioned sections.
Dhaka, Oct 28 (UNB) - The Bangladesh Technical Education Board Bill, 2018 was passed in Parliament on Sunday, aiming to increase the number of board members to 22 from the existing 14.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid moved the Bill and it was passed by voice vote.
The bill was prepared updating the existing Technical Education Act 1967 with no major change.
A number of provisions, including that (section-32) of indemnity, was removed from the law.
The retirement age was increased to 60 years from the existing 55 years to keep consistency with other boards.
Dhaka, Oct 28 (UNB) – The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Sunday filed a case against seven people, including six high officials of Farmers Bank, for embezzling Tk 30 crore from the bank.
The ACC filed the case with Gulshan Police Station for embezzling the money, said ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya.
Deputy Director of ACC Shamsul Alam filed the case under the Money Laundering Prevention Act, 2012.
The accused are - managing director of Bansprati Products Limited Shahabuddin Alam and its chairman Yeasmin Alam, former managing director and CEO of the Farmers Bank Chowdhury Istiaque Ahmed, former additional director of the bank AMM Shamim, SVP of the bank Ziauddin Ahmed, former manager and SVP of Gulshan corporate branch Delowar Hossain, and former chairman of audit committee of the bank Mahbubul Haque Chisty.
During investigation the ACC found huge irregularities from starting to withdrawal of loan and siphoning off the money.